Canada's noted surrealist; entertainer, producer, writer, on-air host and bon vivant, JAYMZ BEE is using his age to raise money for some charities and to showcase some of his favourite singers and musicians of various genres. He is turning 50 on April 13th and has organized seven days of events to celebrate.
MONDAY APRIL 8
MY FAVOURITE FOLK – A Variety Show!
2261 Dundas St. West
Tickets $22.50 adv. / $25.00 door (includes HST)
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Jaymz Bee has hand-picked his favourite folk artists and will host a diverse night of roots, blues and folk starring Juno winners Tony Quarrington and Julian Fauth; as well as appearances by Heather Luckhart, Tom Parker, Sahra Featherstone and Scarlett Jane! On top of all that, "the Frank Zappa of Canadian folk music", Joe Hall, will be coming into town to do a set as well! All the performers have been encouraged to bring their CD's and hang after the show for a meet and great.
Dinner seating begins at 6:00, show at 8:30. Best to get your tickets in advance. We recommend dinner reservations, the food is brilliant and reasonably priced.
TUESDAY APRIL 9
JAYMZ BEE LIVE TO AIR ON JAZZ.FM91
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Jaymz will be interviewed by Ross Porter and will perform a couple tunes as well as feature some of his long-time collaborators including Richard Underhill, George Koller, Tony Quarrington, Rob and Bob Scott and singers Don Francks, Julie Michels, Barbra Lica, Alex Pangman and Denielle Bassells.
You can listen on 91.1 FM and on-line at jazz.fm or contact the station for more info. The audience is comprised of people who donate $360 toward this not-for-profit registered charity (see below).
The show is live from 7:00-8:00pm.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 10
Exclusive Wine Cellar Dinner Party
7 Elm Street
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If it seems odd that Jaymz Bee's favourite restaurant is a steak house and he has been a Pescetarian for almost 30 years; a quick sample of their grilled salmon or seared tuna would solve that mystery!
This is a chi-chi dinner that takes place in their multi-million dollar wine cellar. Everyone pays for their own meal and drinks. This event is technically sold out but if you know Jaymz personally you can contact him directly to see if he can squeeze you in... please contact Jaymz Bee directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook.
Please do not contact Barberian's directly as all reservations go through the birthday boy himself.
THURSDAY APRIL 11
Bonzai Suzuki & Gia The Unpredictable
The Painted Lady
218 Ossington Avenue
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Bonzai Suzuki is a pop band that released their debut CD last year.
The band is a collective that will feature anywhere from five to eight members and on this occasion performers include: Dave Howard, Sahra Featherstone, Bubz Magoo, Great Bob Scott and Jaymz Bee.
The band are currently recording a new batch of songs for a summer release. They will perform for one hour at 10:00pm (doors at 9:00pm) and following Bonzai Suzuki, Gia The Unpredictable and his trio will play their unique brand of Prog Rock and Jazz!
Cover is just $10 at the door.
FRIDAY APRIL 12
The Royal Jelly Orchestra
Lambton Golf & Country Club
100 Scarlett Road
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Jaymz Bee has released half a dozen albums with The RJO since 1995 and have performed in various major cities across North America.
Over the years the band has featured singers who have gone on to do big things, including Sophie Milman, Alex Pangman and Michael Buble. For this show, Jaymz is joined by many of his regular vocalists including Julie Michels, Roger Clown, Don Francks and many more. Jaymz will recreate the vibe of his infamous Salon Nights in his Liberty Village Loft.
This show is almost sold out and was created for Lambton Golf Club members and their guests... if you are not a member and want to try to get in for this dinner and show you should contact the club directly and ask for Tom Martin. (please note: cash only, no Visa)
SATURDAY APRIL 13
Jaymz Bee's Swing Dance Party
Featuring: Alex Pangman, Terra Hazelton, Chris Norton, Barbra Lica, The Shuffle Demons and More!
1601 Lake Shore Blvd. West
$40 (doors @ 8:00pm, show @ 9:00pm)
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Jaymz celebrates his actually birthday night in Toronto's best-loved and oldest dance hall, with a swing dance party for 500 friends and fans!
Aside from four sets of live music there will also be appearances by Laura Landauer and Rick Miller...and for those who want to sing, there is Karaoke in the lower lounge! General tickets are $40 ($100 VIP tickets are basically sold out) and proceeds from the night will be donated to a new charity that provides counselling and emergency relief for the Canadian music community unisonfund.ca.
Please note: As this is a dance party, seating is shared (nobody should be sitting all night!) but there are seats in the ballroom, lower lounge and on the large patio/deck facing the lake. Coat check is mandatory and there is free mac and cheese and pizza to keep your energy up all night!
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SUNDAY APRIL 14
Tony Quarrington performs his Group Of Seven Suite
10365 Islington Avenue
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In 2001, Tony Quarrington fulfilled a ten-year dream when he recorded his Group of Seven Suite, performed at McMichael which is home to some of the paintings he's based his compositions on.
Eleven years later, he returns for another performance of his Juno Award winning CD, with his all-star band including Jane Bunnett, Brian Dickinson and Roberto Occhipinti. Jaymz Bee hosts. There is also a free concert by Chris MacKhool in the lobby, a tour of the paintings, delicious food and drink available and even a $5 shuttle bus from The Rex (Queen and University) to Kleinberg and back.
For more information and to book tickets and/or bus: mcmichael.com
APRIL 29 – MAY 7
The JAZZ.FM91 Spring Fund Drive
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The early donor jazz appeal is on now...you can donate once, monthly or become a perpetual donor. All the info is on their site... there are so many prizes, thank you gifts and various incentives... check it out now!
MONDAY MAY 6
Gia & The Unpredictable Update
2261 Dundas St. West
Tickets $18.00 adv. / $20.00 door / $15 Student (includes HST)
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Gia & The Unpredictable Update is comprised of some of Canada's finest jazz musicians. Their sound is a daringly genre-defying blend of world, fusion, jazz, classical and progressive rock elements, one that places them in the vanguard of contemporary jazz. Gia and his band will perform at the prestigious Shanghai Spring International Music Festival – marking the first time a Canadian artist/group has been invited. In May 2013, they will travel to Shanghai to participate, and Canada will indeed be well-represented. Join us on Monday, May 6 at Hugh's Room for a special send-off "Going To Shanghai Party" and for the release of a new live recording of their performance at The Rex (December, 2012).